Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Secretary of State Clinton on the Job and on the Go
Via the International Herald Tribune, the AP reports that Hillary Clinton hosted her British and German counterparts today and according to CNN, our new secretary of state will soon be off to Asia.
Here’s the word at the IHT:
WASHINGTON: British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Tuesday called the Obama administration's willingness to talk to Iran a "new dimension" in international efforts to end Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
He was speaking after becoming the first foreign minister to meet with new U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton since she took up her post. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier followed quickly on Miliband's heels, meeting with Clinton two hours later.
Miliband called his discussion "very positive indeed."
Over at CNN, Elise Labott reports on the busy U.S. secretary of state’s upcoming travel plans:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Bucking tradition, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will bypass Europe and travel to Asia on her maiden voyage overseas, diplomats familiar with the planning said Tuesday.
Clinton is expected to visit China, Japan and South Korea on her first trip overseas. The diplomats said she may also add other stops, including one in Southeast Asia.
The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because Clinton's schedule was still being finalized. The State Department has not commented on her travel plans.
Making Asia Clinton's first overseas destination illustrates the Obama administration's desire for a broader partnership with China and its commitment to resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, as well as strengthening ties with Tokyo and Seoul, the diplomats said.